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Deputyship Orders

16 May 2019

Paige George, an executive in our private client department, answers some questions about 'Deputyship' Orders...

What is collaborative law?

15 May 2019

Our Senior Partner, Jane Anderson, explains the benefits of the collaborative process in family law...

The Tenant Fees Act - effective 1 June 2019

13 May 2019

Gary Leverett, a Senior Solicitor in our Disputes team, looks at the Tenant Fees Act which initially comes into Effect on 1 June this year...

Buying a home - the process

13 May 2019

The whole process of buying a property is known as 'conveyancing'. For most of us this purchase is the most important legal transaction - and the largest financial commitment - of our lives. It is also potentially one of the most stressful experiences you can have, so it makes sense to ensure you have experienced legal advice on your side.​

Selling or buying a property? How we can make the difference...

09 Apr 2019

Anna Farquharson, Partner in our Residential Conveyancing department, explains how her department can make a real difference to your house move...

Life Interest Will Trusts - a safeguard against care home fees?

09 Apr 2019

Michelle Collins, Partner and head of our Private Client department, explains why a Life Interest Will Trust could help safeguard against care home fees.

The advancement of medicine, coupled with the fact that our population is living longer than ever, makes the subject of care home fees and later life planning more crucial than ever.  

No-Fault Divorce - to become a reality

08 Apr 2019

Heard about the 'No-Fault Divorce'? Solicitor Sophie Smith from our Family department explains all...

At present, a person who wishes to divorce their husband or wife is forced to blame the other party for the marriage breakdown on the grounds of ‘unreasonable behaviour’, adultery or desertion, or else prove that they have been separated for at least two years. This is the case even if the decision to separate is mutual. If the other party contests the divorce, and ‘fault’ cannot be proved, then couples have to wait five years before a divorce is granted.  

Partner Dan Evans considers how to avoid the re-letting headache

08 Apr 2019

As a commercial landlord, the re-letting process is likely to be a stressful time.  Letting voids can be damaging to the profitability of your investment and getting the property re-let in an efficient manner is key.  

There is sometimes a perception that agreeing the letting via agents is the end of it, but in reality that is only part of the process. The legal documentation needs to then be negotiated and agreed. 

Associate Solicitor Promotion

08 Apr 2019

It is with great pleasure that we announce the promotion of Claire Nelson from Solicitor to Associate Solicitor.

Claire joined the firm in 2014 as a Trainee Solicitor and qualified into the Private Client team in July 2016. Claire advises on Wills, powers of attorney, trusts and estate administration and inheritance tax planning. She is currently an Affiliate member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and is studying for the Diploma in Trusts and Estates.

Michelle Collins, Partner and head of our Private Client department:

Leanne Riches qualifies as a Chartered Legal Executive

19 Mar 2019

We are very pleased to announce that Leanne Riches has qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive (lawyer). This qualification is the culmination of four years of dedicated study while Leanne worked as a Trainee Legal Executive and then a Graduate Legal Executive. 

Chartered Legal Executives study to the same level as solicitors, specialising early in one specific area of legal practice. Leanne deals with all types of residential conveyancing, including shared ownership transactions and Help to Buy loans. She particularly enjoys challenging cases that involve problem solving.

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